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The 26-year-old is the most fouled player at the tournament in Russian Federation so far, although numerous challenges have arguably come from Neymar provoking defenders with stepovers and, often unnecessary, showboating. Let us know in the comments section below. Douglas Costa will miss Brazil's World Cup Group E duel with Serbia because of a hamstring strain, team officials said on Saturday.
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Raheem Sterling set to start against Panama

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Raheem Sterling set to start against Panama

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    There continues to be speculation over the future of Ruben Loftus-Cheek. "If they decide to loan him out again we will be first in line with the begging bowl". He's got that deceptive turn of pace. The Mirror report that Everton want free agent Jack Wilshere and Chelsea talent Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with Brands and Silva allegedly feeling that the duo can turn Everton into real top six contenders.
  • World Cup Group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds

    World Cup Group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds

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    The second round of group stage fixtures is nearly over and a picture of the knockout rounds is beginning to develop, with the shocks so far creating a path of death down one side of the draw. Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna featuring Croatian dark horses, Argentinian dopes and BIG Bobby Firmino needs to play .
  • Argentina take player power to new level ahead of Nigeria clash

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    And perhaps the most striking observation you can make between the two at the World Cup , is their contrasting reactions to their national anthems. Maradona insisted he "would love" to meet the Argentina players before the critical Nigeria game - and suggested that several of his former teammates should join him for the meeting.
  • Hanley eyed in connection to ongoing federal, state investigation

    Hanley eyed in connection to ongoing federal, state investigation

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    The officer asked Ramirez if he knew that the man was coming with a gift from his mother, to which Ramirez replied he "was not aware". She told the hosts that there have been some reports about a man who was pulled over by the police, who then FaceTimed Ramirez in front of the police.
  • Mo Salah Could Quit Egyptian National Team over Chechnya Controversy

    Mo Salah Could Quit Egyptian National Team over Chechnya Controversy

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    But as he struggled for fitness a picture of Salah walking beside Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov became a major talking point at the World Cup. He handed Salah a decree declaring him a citizen at a dinner in honour of the Egypt team ahead of their departure for Volgograd, where they will play Saudi Arabia in their final group match on Monday.
  • Kane joins Lineker and Hurst as England canter to biggest win

    Kane joins Lineker and Hurst as England canter to biggest win

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    The English skipper has had a wondrous run in the world cup and after scoring a brace for the Three Lions in their opener earlier this week, he has registered another record under his name. "I think it's important to keep momentum going and we'll do everything we can to prepare right for the next game and recover well". The pressure's not on to win, but the boys and the staff will want to win.
  • Colombia win knocks Poland out of World Cup

    Colombia win knocks Poland out of World Cup

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    Poland entered the World Cup ranked highest of the four teams in Group H at eighth but ended up being the first team out of contention for the knockouts with a lacklustre performance in their first two matches. Colombia slowed the pace in the second half, showing good counterattacking qualities. James Rodríguez and co will now qualify if they beat Senegal in their last match, turning round their position after the opening 2-1 defeat against Japan.
  • Brazil gets its first win, a triumph of grit more than style

    Brazil gets its first win, a triumph of grit more than style

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    He was (out for) three and a half months and he played the full match. Battered and bruised by Switzerland in a 1-1 draw on Sunday, Neymar's appeals for more protection did not impress Kuipers, who consistently told the Paris Saint-Germain star to get to his feet instead of appealing for free-kicks.
  • Nature Valley Classic: Garbine Muguruza out, Petra Kvitova advances in Birmingham

    Nature Valley Classic: Garbine Muguruza out, Petra Kvitova advances in Birmingham

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    Fourth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova , twice a Wimbledon champion and the victor in Birmingham previous year, took the first four games against Russian Daria Gavrilova on the way to a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 victory. "Her style of game suits very good the surface", the 24-year-old said. "Sometimes when you fight, you're rewarded and I'm very happy with my match today".
  • Bottas leads rainswept final practice in France

    Bottas leads rainswept final practice in France

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    France last hosted an F1 race in 2008 while the last grand prix on the Paul Ricard circuit occurred in 1990. "Obviously for Valtteri it was very bad because it affected his race and he had nothing to do with it, so I went to him after the race".
  • Media laud Swiss win over Serbia but blast celebrations

    Media laud Swiss win over Serbia but blast celebrations

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    Xhaka's father was once jailed for campaigning for Kosovan independence, forcing the Arsenal star and his family to flee the Balkans, while Stoke's Shaqiri was born in Kosovo. Both players trace their roots to Kosovo, a former province of Serbia that declared independence in 2008 in a move that Belgrade still refuses to recognise.
  • Sadio Mane scores as Senegal held to World Cup draw

    Sadio Mane scores as Senegal held to World Cup draw

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    Japan's Gen Shoji celebrates their second goal scored by Keisuke Honda against Senegal at Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Errors from both goalkeepers proved significant as Eiji Kawashima punched onto Mane for Senegal's first, while Khadim N'Diaye flapped at a cross to allow Honda to equalise 12 minutes from time.
  • Captain Kane delivers for England on big stage

    Captain Kane delivers for England on big stage

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    Gareth Southgate has insisted that he "would not swap" Harry Kane for any other striker competing at the World Cup after the Tottenham Hotspur ace notched a hat-trick in England's 6-1 thrashing of Panama. Fontaine went on to score 13 that year, the most ever in a single World Cup . "We were ruthless in front of goal", Southgate said. "There´s a lot of good players behind me, hopefully I can take it into Thursday´s game".
  • Osako's header snatches 2-1 win for Japan — FIFA WC

    Osako's header snatches 2-1 win for Japan — FIFA WC

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    Just five minutes later, Colombia finally managed to level the score via Juan Fernando Quintero's brilliant free kick. But it was Japan who broke the deadlock as Osako converted with a header from Keisuke Honda's corner. Kagawa went close in the 16th minute but his shot rolled past the post and Osako fired against the face of goal from a risky position in the box. "I believe in my team", said Rodriguez.
  • Marin Cilic outlines plan to beat Novak Djokovic at Queen’s

    Marin Cilic outlines plan to beat Novak Djokovic at Queen’s

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    Cilic, who was the runner-up at Wimbledon previous year and at the Australian Open this season, will be playing his fourth Queen's Club final. In what has been a hard season following injury, Djokovic is bidding for his first title this week and has looked closer to his best than at many times in the past year.
  • Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku Injury Doubts for Belgium vs England

    Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku Injury Doubts for Belgium vs England

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    It's how we can win the World Cup ". But like historic champions Argentina (1986), England (1966) and Uruguay (1930 and 1950), they have all laboured compared to the flying Belgians. "Now I'm learning from him every day with the national team". "We played well and scored five goals". England and Belgium have nearly identical records: both teams now have six points, both teams have scored eight goals each and conceded two.